Report pictures a crypto-consumer portrait

Bitcoin’s status as legal tender in El Salvador has recently sparked a new round of discussion concernin Bitcoin (BTC) and its role in the world economy. Despite ambiguous reactions from institutions such as JPMorgan and the World Bank, some feel that Bitcoin’s status as a means of payment is now more explicit than ever. Meanwhile, the perception of Bitcoin among retail users is contrasted sharply by institutional uncertainty. A recent study by CryptoRefills, a company which sells vouchers and gift cards in exchange for cryptocurrency, seems to suggest that many…

Calling the crypto space ‘a very masculine area,’ Mila Kunis launches NFT project

An actress famous for her roles in That ’70s Show and Family Guy, Mila Kunis has now launched an animation on the blockchain, which developed from an interest in crypto during the pandemic.  Speaking with comedian Conan O’Brien on his Thursday show, Kunis said she had done a deep dive into cryptocurrencies and nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, during her time in quarantine. However, she was seemingly concerned about the apparent dearth of women in the space. “I felt like it was a very masculine area — like everybody that I…

Ethereum’s ‘London’ hardfork set to go live on testnets starting June 24th

The hotly anticipated “London” Ethereum hardfork now has a set block height for three Ethereum testnets — a key penultimate step towards a full mainnet launch. In a blog post on the Ethereum Foundation’s website, Ethereum core developer Tim Beiko wrote that the Ropsten, Goerli, and Rinkeby testnets now have set block heights at which London will go live, with Ropsten expected to be the first at block 10499401, or sometime on June 24th. Goerli is expected to be next on June 30th, and Rinkeby on July 7th. A release…

Pro basketball league in Canada will offer players Bitcoin salaries

The Canadian Elite Basketball League will be allowing players from its seven teams to accept a portion of their salaries in Bitcoin starting next week.  According to a Thursday announcement, the Canadian Elite Basketball League, or CEBL, has partnered with Toronto-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitbuy to convert part of basketball players’ existing salaries from Canadian dollars to Bitcoin (BTC) on request. The league said it will arrange for the funds to be delivered to the players’ personal crypto wallets. More than 70 players on the active roster from the Edmonton Stingers,…

Even Elon Musk can’t save Dogecoin from crashing another 60%, analyst asserts

If one looks at Dogecoin (DOGE) charts from the point of view of a financial chartist, he/she will notice an alarming presence of a classic bearish structure. For instance, pseudonymous analyst Tyler Durden highlighted what appears to be a “Head and Shoulder” pattern. The trading structure forms when an asset forms three peaks atop the same support level. In doing so, its middle peak comes out to be higher than the other two. Durden flashed the Head and Shoulder-like pattern to predict a 67% price crash in the Dogecoin market.…

Goldman Sachs to offer Bitcoin futures trading in partnership with Galaxy Digital

Goldman Sachs has debuted a Bitcoin (BTC) futures trading product for its client in collaboration with crypto investment giant Galaxy Digital. According to CNBC, the move marks the first time the Wall Street bank has partnered with a digital asset-based liquidity provider. Galaxy Digital co-president Damien Vanderwilt said the company offered a gateway to the crypto space allowing a tightly regulated entity like Goldman to offer crypto-related investment products. Goldman will reportedly be offering CME Group Bitcoin futures for its clients, marking another expansion of its recently established crypto trading…

Bitcoin price falls below $37K amid little hope of a definitive weekend bounce

Bitcoin (BTC) broke below $37,000 during trading on June 18 in the latest short-term bearish sign for hodlers. BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView Buyers no match for BTC bears Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView tracked BTC/USD as it hit new local lows of $36,540 on Bitstamp.  After repeatedly testing the $37,000, the pair finally broke through to see short-term volatility return and swings of several hundred dollars up and down. The move could be significant as it removes the majority of a large buy wall which was…

Bitcoin’s correlation with gold and stocks is growing

Bitcoin (BTC) is an uncorrelated asset, or so the narrative used to go. For much of Bitcoin’s lifetime, it existed as something of value to a very small group of people. Now, awareness and demand are accelerating rapidly. So, what does this mean for the status of BTC as a supposedly uncorrelated asset?  That Bitcoin was an uncorrelated asset isn’t just conjecture — the numbers back it up. According to data compiled by VanEck in early 2021, there was almost no discernible pattern between the movements of Bitcoin and other…

Chinese Bitcoin mining shakeout may have surprise BTC price consequences — analyst

China’s crackdown on Bitcoin (BTC) mining may have unintended benefits for BTC price action, one analyst suggests. In a tweet on June 18, Charles Edwards, CEO of investment firm Capriole, argued that the Chinese miner exodus was already lowering Bitcoin’s potential price floor. Don’t believe the China FUD As a shake-up sees Bitcoin hashing power redistributed away from China, Bitcoin’s electrical cost — the combined cost of keeping the network running — is dropping. As Edwards notes, this “Bitcoin production cost” is very rarely crossed by spot price. In becoming…

Over 3,000 ATMs in Beijing can now convert digital yuan into cash

China continues apace with the adoption of its central bank digital currency (CBDC) as major banks launch a significant batch of digital yuan-powered ATMs. The digital yuan — a CBDC controlled by The People’s Bank of China — is now available for deposit and withdrawals at over 3,000 ATMs across Beijing, state-run Xinhua news agency reported Friday. According to the report, the Beijing branch of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China has become the first bank to fully enable the digital yuan exchange in the Chinese capital city by…